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Thursday, January 20, 2005

Tsunami Death Toll: Upward Revisions

Since the December 26, 2004, earthquake and tsunami the official death toll figures have been steadily increasing. Conflicting figures from within the Indonesian and Sir Lankan governments have thrown the death tally from the disaster into some confusion.

Here is the history of the upward revisions in the death toll:


Jan. 25, 2005
281,000+ [Washington Times]
280,000 [BBC]

Jan. 23, 2005
234,000 [Reuters]

Jan. 20, 2005
226,500 [Guardian]

Jan. 19, 2005
226,000+ [Reuters]
225,000+ [Reuters]
220,000+ [ctv.ca]
220,000 [UPI]
212,000+ [CNN]

Jan. 17, 2005
175,000 [Reuters]
162,735 [Scotsman]

Jan. 16, 2005
162,000+ [AP/ABCnews]

Jan. 14, 2005
163,338 [IndiaInfo.com]

Jan. 13, 2005
160,000 [news24.com]

Jan. 8, 2005
165,000 [xinhuanet.com]
150,000 [AP]

Jan. 7, 2005
159,445 [UPI]
159,260 [OCHA]
153,000 [Guardian]
147,000 [AP]

Jan. 3, 2005
155,000 [Bloomberg]
150,000 [Reuters]
140,000- [BBC]

Jan. 2, 2005
129,817 [Reuters]

Dec. 30, 2004
125,000+ [Reuters]
120,000+ [Reuters]
120,000 [USA Today]
119,000+ [SunTimes]
118,000+ [CNN]
117,000+ [AP-abcnews]
114,000+ [abcnews]

Dec. 29, 2004:
100,000+ [ThisIsLondon]
80,000- [Reuters]
77,000+ [AP-ABCnews]
76,700 [AP-ABCnews]
68,000 [Reuters]
67,682 [Reuters]
60,000 [foxnews]

Dec. 28, 2004:
56,000 [CNN]
50,000 [aljazeera.net]
40,000+ [democracynow]

Dec. 27, 2004
23,700 [Guardian]
22,000+ [AP-Fox News]
20,000- [USA Today]
16,440 [Reuters]
15,500 [Reuters]

Dec. 26, 2004
12,300+ [Reuters]
9,500 [Reuters]

related links:
Tsunami death toll approaches 300,000 [Washington Times, Jan. 25, 2005]
Indonesia quake toll jumps again [BBC, Jan. 25, 2005]
Indonesia's death toll rises [Reuters, Jan. 23, 2005]
Toll rises to 226,500 as Indonesia says 50,000 missing are dead [Guardian, Jan. 20, 2005]
Tsunami death toll rises to over 226,000 [Reuters, Jan. 19, 2005]
Indonesia Raises Tsunami Death Toll to 166,320 [Reuters, Jan. 19, 2005]
Indonesia sends tsunami death toll past 220,000 [ctv.ca, Jan. 19, 2005]
Tsunami death toll raised to 220,000 [UPI-Washingtontimes.com, Jan. 19, 2005]
Tsunami deaths soar past 212,000 [CNN, Jan. 19, 2005]
Tsunami Toll Tops 175,000 [Reuters, Jan. 17, 2005]
Tsunami Death Toll May Top 270,000 [scotsman.com, Jan. 17, 2005]
Tsunami Death Toll Now Exceeds 162,000 [AP/abcnews, Jan. 16, 2005]
Death toll in Tsunami disaster tops 163,000 [IndiaInfo.com, Jan. 14. 2005]
160,000 killed by tsunami [News 24, Jan. 13, 2005]
Tsunami death toll reaches 165,000 [xinhuanet.com, Jan. 8, 2005]
Tsunami, Quake Death Toll Passes 150,000 [AP/Yahoo, Jan. 8, 2005]
Tsunami death toll rises to 159,445 [UPI, Jan. 7, 2005]
Tsunami OCHA Situation Report No. 14 [Jan. 7, 2005]
Tsunami death toll rises [Guardian, Jan. 7, 2005]
Death Toll From Tsunami Climbs to 147,000 [AP/Yahoo, Jan. 7, 2005]
Asia Toll Rises to 155,000; Tsunami Warning System Sought [Bloomberg, Jan. 3, 2005]
Asia's Tsunami Death Toll Hits 150,000 - U.N. [Reuters, Jan. 3, 2005]
Tsunami death toll hits 144,000 [News.Au.com, Jan. 3, 2005]
Tsunami death toll nears 140,000 [BBC, Jan. 3, 2005]
FACTBOX-Asia tsunami death toll 129,817 [Reuters, Jan. 2, 2005]
Tsunami Death Toll Tops 124,000 [Scotsman.com, Jan. 1, 2005]
Tsunami Toll Jumps to Over 125,000, Fear Lingers [Reuters, Dec. 30, 2004]
Tsunami Death Toll Jumps Over 120,000 [Reuters, Dec. 30, 2004]
Tsunami death toll rockets to 120,000 [USA Today, Dec. 30, 2004]
Tsunami death toll passes 119,000 [Chicago Sun Times, Dec. 30, 2004]
Tsunami death toll tops 118,000 [CNN, Dec. 30, 2004]
Tsunami Death Toll Rockets to 117,000 [AP/ABCnews, Dec. 30, 2004]
Tsunami Death Toll Rockets to 114,000 [AP/ABCnews, Dec. 30, 2004]
Death toll reaches 100,000 [thisislondon.com, Dec. 29, 2004]
Tsunami toll nears 80,000 [Reuters, Dec. 29, 2004]
Tsunami Death Toll Soars Past 77,000 [AP/ABCnews, Dec. 29, 2004]
Tsunami Death Toll Rises to 76,700 [AP/ABCnews, Dec. 29, 2004]
Tsunami toll hits 68,000 [Reuters, Dec. 29, 2004]
Factbox: Asia Tsunami Death Toll 67,682 [Reuters, Dec. 29, 2004]
Death Toll Tops 60,000, Disease Feared [FoxNews, Dec. 29, 2004]
Tsunami death toll tops 56,000 [cnn, Dec. 28, 2004]
Asian tsunami toll may exceed 50,000 [AlJazeera.net, Dec. 28, 2004]
Tsunami Death Toll Tops 40,000; UN Launches Biggest Relief Effort Ever [democracynow.org, Dec. 28, 2005]
Tsunami death toll rises to 23,700 [Guardian, Dec. 27, 2004]
Tsunamis Kill Tens of Thousands in 10 Countries [AP/Fox News, Dec. 27, 2004]
Tsunami death toll rises to just under 20,000 [USA Today, Dec. 27, 2004]
Tsunami toll tops 16,400 [Reuters, Dec. 27, 2004]
Tsunami toll reaches 15,500 [Reuters, Dec. 27, 2004]
Asian Tsunami Kills 12,300, Many More Homeless [Reuters, Dec. 26, 2004]
Asian Quake, Tsunami Death Toll Approaches 9,500 [Reuters, Dec. 26, 2004]

updated: Jan. 26, 2005

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